Five top reasons for using an air-supported structure

October 1, 2015

Many manufacturers use similar arguments when pitching to clients on the benefits of air-supported structures. The top five: 1. Quick to erect. Air-supported fabric structures are significantly faster to erect than traditional “brick-and-mortar” structures. They do not require permanent foundations and generally need minimal site preparation, and often don’t require planning consent if they are …

Study finds green construction is major U.S. economic driver

The green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and will account for more than 2.3 million American jobs this year, according to a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) study from Booz Allen Hamilton. The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, released by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen, finds the …

Phifer introduces petroleum savings & greenhouse gas avoidance calculator tool

Phifer Inc. is unveiled a new online Petroleum Savings & CO2 Greenhouse Gas Avoidance calculator tool for SheerWeave® Style 4000/4100/ 4400 interior sun control fabrics made with sustainable DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers. To use the tool, simply input the total area of square yards, feet or meters of glass to be covered with shade fabric …

RENSON® and VELUX® collaboration introduces Topfix VMS Exterior sun shade

In collaboration with VELUX, RENSON, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, introduces the specialized Topfix VMS to the North American market. As an optimized version of the company’s RENSON ZipShade® Top motorized external zip screen for skylight applications, the Topfix VMS utilizes the same wind-tight, motor-operated technology, with the …

Fabric protection for frac sand

A fast-growing industry relies on fabric architecture for a long-term, large-format storage facility. Wind and sand are like oil and water; they don’t mix. When Source Energy Services (SES), Eau Claire, Wis., enlisted the assistance of Legacy Building Solutions Inc., South Haven, Minn., to build the largest regional frac sand storage facility in Alberta, Canada, …

Air support

Advances in materials and technology mean advantages for air-supported fabric structures in durability and sustainability. In May 2009, the National Football League Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility collapsed under a freak microburst of 60-mph winds, injuring a dozen people and leaving at least one person partially paralyzed. It has taken the industry years to overcome the …

Jason Mills adds to mesh line

Jason Mills LLC, a Milltown, N.J.-based convertor/manufacturer of knit textiles, has expanded its line of products sold into the outdoor retailing industry with the addition of Style 413. The product meets basic requirements of no-see-um mesh screening, and is fire-resistant, water-repellent and UV-resistant. The screen is 60 inches wide and made of 100 percent polyester …

Major shading at major tennis event

Stadium gets temporary fabric shades for the 2015 US Open. While the world’s best tennis players battled on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2015 US Open, HDPE shade fabric was saving the day above the court. In a technological first, the US Open is having a retractable roof with a stand-alone support …

Sunbrella® introduces first knit shade fabric

September 16, 2015

Sunbrella Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C., has announced its first shade fabric engineered for shade sail applications. Sunbrella Contour is the first knit Sunbrella shade fabric, featuring a rich texture with the unique ability to fit to any shape and angle, making it usable for a variety of applications such as shade sails, fixed awnings, shade …

Seaman launches new FiberTite® website

September 14, 2015

FiberTite Roofing Systems, manufactured by Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has launched its new website, redesigned to allow for increased functionality and capability. Focused more on the needs of customers, the redesign is part of a grander plan of improving engagement with the company’s online audience, says Michelle Miller, Seaman’s marketing manager. Seaman selected SyncShow Interactive, …